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Last Places by Lawrence Millman
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May 08, 08

bookshelves: nature, 2008
Recommended to Sarah by: Jill
Read in May, 2008

Jill's choice for our book club. Entertaining, but I was left wanting for pictures and maps. All around, an excellent book club choice!
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Lawrence Millman
“After a day on Mykines, I changed my mind about life not going on. A sort of life was going on, beating with a reasonalbe version of a pulse, but that life consisted for the most part of travelers like myself. There were maybe a dozen of us -- one third of the island's population. Our tribe could only increase as the Mykines tribe dwindled away, a few falling down steps, most simply emigrating, until there would be, sad to say, only our peripatetic selves. We were the future of all places condemned by remoteness to a lingering, photogenic death.”
Lawrence Millman, Last Places: A Journey in the North

Lawrence Millman
“Once when I looked up, I happened to see a sea eagle poised on magisterial wings above the knurled summit of the mountain behind my tent. It was a scene of peerless tranquility, tossed out in Nature's devil-may-care way, which says: Just open your eyes, my friend, and I'll astonish you every minute of your life.”
Lawrence Millman, Last Places: A Journey in the North

Lawrence Millman
“Another day I walked out of town to do a bit of climbing in the mountains behind the airport. I scrambled up and down slopes that contained some of the oldest rocks in the world, isotope-dated at 3,800 billion years, remnants, so the geological rumor goes, of the earth's earliest terrestrial crust.”
Lawrence Millman, Last Places: A Journey in the North

Lawrence Millman
“...there were only fifteen thousand polar bears in the world, and five billion of me. To let one of them devour my all-too-common flesh would, if only slightly, help adjust the grievous imbalance.”
Lawrence Millman, Last Places: A Journey in the North


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